Why we wish we could unlearn what we learned about American politics..
In 2008 Barack Obama ran on a campaign of hope and change. Included in this aspiration was the idea that he wanted to make government more transparent. After the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the enron scandal Americans felt they had been tricked. Obama was purposing a bailout and the nation was angry and needed to know why. Why should they have to pay for the horrible decisions made by corrupt bankers. From that point on everything under Obama was scrutinized and needed to be made clear. A hindrance to Obama at times, but a gift for Republicans.
The idea of transparency in my opinion eased the fear of most hardcore racist and far right voters. As they could see what the first black man was doing. Picking a 30 year career politician in joe biden eased the lefts fears that Obama didn’t have the experience. Besides the infamous tan suit transparency gave Barack Obama a squeaky clean image. He had become the president Americans had been waiting for honest and sincere. Eventually Obama would finish his two terms as president with grace.
After what many consider to be one of the ugliest presidential campaigns ever. Donald J Trump was elected president of the united States immediately the nation began each morning. With a cup of joe and a double shot of shock. Apparently Trump decided to roll back all things Obama except the transparency part. By this time America had saw Trump for who he was, but by that time it was too late. Trump had become the president and the purge of American resources had begun. With a Republican super majority he could now do whatever he desired. It wasn’t until Trump’s 3rd year that he realized it wasn’t just the media telling everyone what was going on. in an attempt to cloud the transparency Trump left many positions vacant and the ones he didn’t leave vacant he appointed people who would create subterfuge to send inquiries to dead ends or in a loop. The question is what if those rules of transparency implemented by Obama didn’t exist. Could you imagine what Trump is doing being done in secret?
We wanted to know what our leaders were doing. I for one thought it would be an excellent idea. After donald Trump I find myself in a bit of a quandary. As I feel it is important for American citizens to have knowledge so the can make informed decisions, but to be subject to the ugliness and sheer brutality of politics leads often unstable minds to act in irrational Way’s. So I guess the saying rings true. “Be careful what you ask for”
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